Nutrition in pregnancy

Having a healthy diet during pregnancy is important not just for your own health, but for the growth and development of every cell, tissue and organ of your developing baby. 

Your baby's development

This is also the time to start developing a special relationship with your baby. Stroking and holding your bump, taking time to think about your baby, talking and singing are all ways you can develop this. Remember that by including your partner and other family members it can help them get to know your baby. These also help develop the baby's brain.       


Eating well throughout your pregnancy is important for yours and your baby’s health and development. 

Ensuring you have a balanced and varied diet will help your energy levels as well as ensure you’re giving your baby the best start in life.

There are a few foods you should avoid in pregnancy which can be harmful due to the bacteria they carry.

You should be able to get most of the vitamins and minerals your body needs during pregnancy through eating a balanced diet. However, we do recommend you take some supplements, such as folic acid and vitamin D. 

The NHS Vitamins, supplements and nutrition in pregnancy gives you all the information you need on how to get the right vitamins from your diet and what supplements to take.